Ex-manager salutes 'superb' West Ham after Kral talks update
Alex McLeish has claimed Alex Kral would be an “outstanding” signing for West Ham after talks were reignited.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Irons could replicate their success of recruiting Czech stars Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal with their fellow countryman.
As revealed by Football Insider (July 21st), West Ham have returned to the negotiating table to try and strike a cut-price deal for the Spartak Moscow star.
As detailed by this site in early June, the Irons were in advanced talks to sign Kral, 23, for a £20million-plus fee.
However, talks stalled during what was a disappointing Euros campaign for the midfielder.
It is understood West Ham have now reignited negotiations in a bid to sign him for a reduced fee.
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McLeish admitted Coufal and Soucek’s displays at West Ham had make him “sit up” and take notice of Czech football.
He suggested Kral could be the next bit of “superb recruitment”.
McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Well, I said about Coufal and Soucek and Kral, they (Czech Republic) are an emerging nation.
“I said for the Euros that they were a very dangerous team in Scotland’s group. So it proved for us.
“The emergence of these two guys at West Ham, Soucek and Coufal, made me sit up and say: ‘That is superb recruitment. Will there be more Czechs moving?’
“They had not a bad Euros and some outstanding candidates for a move to one of the big leagues. Alex Kral fits that identity very well.”
Kral played four times at the Euros but only started the win over Scotland.
He has 22 caps under his belt, while he has played 53 times for Spartak Moscow.
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